December 13, 2012 12:44
The Washington Post has published two thought-provoking blogs on right-to-work following the decision by the Michigan legislature and the state’s governor to push right-to-work legislation in that state.
Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California-Santa Barbara, gives a good overview of the rise of the right-to-work movement. He tells the Washington Post that history suggests that a liberal, progressive America won’t be able to exist without unions.
Ezra Klein writes that right-to-work is a misnomer. He rightly points out that such laws allow an employee to refuse to pay union dues when working for a union shop – even though that worker will get the same wages and benefits that union members will receive.
Despite this week’s setback in Michigan, voters across the state can collect just under 260,000 signatures to place a repeal initiative on the ballot.
You can count on the IAFF to be on the side of workers. Watch a video of General President Harold Schaitberger speaking out at the Michigan state capitol hours before the governor signed right-to-work legislation into law.